Waste Acceptance Policy
MedPro Waste Disposal policy requires compliance with all applicable regulations regarding the collection, transportation and treatment of regulated medical waste. To ensure that neither MedPro nor the generator of regulated medical waste violates applicable regulations, it is imperative that all parties understand the rules regarding proper identification, classification, segregation and packaging of regulated medical waste. The purpose of this policy is to summarize the minimum requirements for preparing your medical waste for collection, transportation and treatment. Additional facility or state-specific waste acceptance policies may apply based on permit specifications. Contact your MedPro representative at 866-924-9339 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
MedPro Waste Disposal Accepts the following Regulated Medical Waste:
- Infectious waste – solidified blood, blood products, bodily fluids; Laboratory wastes (cultures, viruses, test tubes, culture plates); Contaminated equipment, Instruments and disposal material; Sharps in rigid, puncture-resistant sharps containers; IV tubing and bags, catheters; Disposable gloves and gowns, dressings; Human dialysis waste material; Disposable material contaminated with isolation waste. 29 CFR 1910.1030 (g)(1)(i)(A)
- Trace Chemotherapy Waste – Empty drug vials, syringes, spill kits, IV tubing and bags; Contaminated gloves and gowns; Chemotherapy containers must have less than 1 inch of fluid remains or no more than 3% by weight of the original quantity remains.
- Pathological waste for incineration – Human or animal tissue & surgical specimens.
- Non-Hazardous Non-Controlled Pharmaceutical Waste.
- Pharmaceutical waste must be characterized and certified as non-RCRA hazardous material by generator. Additional packaging and protocols apply. See MedPro Waste Disposal representative for details.
- Waste must be packaged separately and not co-mingled with RMW.
MedPro Waste Disposal Does NOT Accept:
- Category A infectious waste.
- An infectious substance which is transported in a form that, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals.
- Remains of a human fetus.
- Chemicals – including but not limited to: Formaldehyde, acids, alcohols, and waste oil.
- Hazardous Waste – including but not limited to: Used Solvents, Old Batteries, Drums or other containers with hazardous warning symbol.
- Radioactive Waste – any container with a radioactive level that local EPA limits.
- RCRA Pharmaceutical Waste.
- Complete Human Remains (including fetuses, heads, cadavers, full torsos and fetal material (specialized pathological material)
- Bulk Chemotherapy Waste
- Compressed Gas Cylinders, Inhalers Aerosol Cans or other similar Containers.
- Solid Waste.
- Glass Thermometers, Sphygmomanometers, and Other Medical Devices or Solutions Containing Mercury
- Mercury –containing dental waste- non-contact and contact amalgam and products, chairside traps, amalgam sludge or vacuum pump filters, extracted teeth with mercury fillings, and empty amalgam capsules.
Packaging and Labeling of Medical Waste
- Boxes or reusable containers are to be marked with the universal biohazard symbol and UN 3291.
- Autoclave Waste, Incineration Waste, and Non-Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste are to
- Be placed in separate, color coded containers and properly labeled as such.
- Place all acceptable medical waste in approved biohazard bags.
- Place all sharps in rigid, puncture-resistant sharps containers, color coded and marked
- With the universal biohazard symbol.
- Bags must be tied closed when they are full.
- Boxes must be taped along the bottom seams and sealed with tape when full and stored.
- Lids must be securely placed on containers when full.
- Store containers in a secure area until the next collection.
Customer is solely responsible for packing regulated medical waste as outlined per the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, OSHA, or as defined by any other federal, state, county, or local laws and regulations. Customer must store regulated medical waste in the containers provided by MedPro or its affiliates.
Proper packaging and segregation of medical waste reduces the potential for accidental release of the contents and exposure to employees and the public. All MedPro Waste Disposal customers are provided with packaging instructions that describe maximum weights, proper sealing/closure of inner bags and outer containers and proper packaging of sharps. These instructions are designed to be in compliance with the packaging requirements of 49 CFR 173.197, which require that waste be packaged in a container that is:
- Leak resistant.
- Impervious to moisture.
- Of sufficient strength to prevent tearing or bursting under normal conditions of use and handling.
- Sealed to prevent leakage during transport.
- Puncture resistant for sharps and sharps with residual fluids.
- Break resistant and tightly lidded or stoppered for fluids in quantities greater than 20 cubic centimeters. Waste identified as cultures and stocks must conform to appropriate DOT PG H packaging requirements.
MedPro Waste Disposal may refuse containers that are improperly packaged, leaking, damaged or likely to create risk of exposure to employees and the public. Proper segregation and packaging of medical waste is essential for safe handling and transportation of regulated medical waste. Customer shall hold title to any Non-Conforming Waste at all times, whether refused for collection or returned to Customer for proper disposal after collection.
Please contact MedPro Waste Disposal to review if any special waste generated within your facility is subject to specific waste policies based on state or permit specific requirements. Please contact your MedPro Waste Disposal Customer Advocate for additional information regarding container and labeling requirements.